Getting to Know Roundtable: Anne Blum

This week, we sat down with Roundtable’s Anne Blum to talk about her role, learning & development (L&D), and industry trends she finds interesting. 



What does your title mean? What do you do for Roundtable?

As a Senior Instructional Designer, I help create the content for our clients. My goal is to deliver content in a way that engages the learner and helps them apply the information.


How did you get into L&D?

I started my L&D career teaching entrepreneurship to aspiring small business owners. From this experience, I became passionate about creating content that resonated with learners and have been doing it ever since. 


What is a trend in L&D that’s exciting to you?

One of the most exciting trends is microlearning. By providing clients with several smaller learning experiences, we help them provide a more customized experience to their learners.


What would you say is the most important part of building a training program?

The most important part of building a training program is understanding the needs of the learner.  It’s essential to define where they are now and where they need to be to be successful. Once those two bookends are established, it’s easier to create learning to close the gap.


Finish the sentence. Learning is essential to an organization because…

It’s how they stay innovative.


What is something you have done in this role this year that you are proud of?

I’m proud of helping Lincoln Financial pivot their classroom program to a virtual one that met both the learning and engagement needs of the participants.


What are some interesting facts about you?

I’m a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, I started my professional career running restaurants, and I’m a mother to two fantastic kids.


Check out Anne’s video below where she explains everything you need to know about the importance of onboarding and the four phases that every onboarding program should have.